Rafting the Copper River

Week Eight This has been a summer of firsts: flights in bush planes, hikes on glaciers, animal sightings, and now rafting. Monday night I worked late with Glenn to put all the equipment and the rafts together so that we could hit the road on time Tuesday morning. It was a good thing we did…

Flight Tours, Boat Tours and Glacier Hikes

Week Seven This past week we went on two mini trips to both Kennicott and Anchorage. We only spent one night in Kennicott, yet managed to squeeze in some pretty amazing opportunities into that short amount of time because of the incredible speed Glenn maintained down McCarthy Road, occasionally slamming on the brakes in front…

An Educational Road Trip

Week Six This week we took the ultimate road trip around the interior part of Alaska, hitting up major parks and field offices near our own Wrangell-St. Elias. We left Monday morning up the Richardson Highway to Paxson, where we veered off to the left and down the Denali Highway. From there the road transformed…

Visitors from Home

Week Five (Part 2) Today is the halfway point for my entire trip. Five weeks behind me, five weeks ahead. So it is kind of perfect that my parents chose this weekend to come visit. Actually, they had been travelling around Alaska for a week before they made it to Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and…

Ghost Stories

Week Five (Part One) I was not supposed to have lived through this past Tuesday night. We were working in Kendesnii yet again, but this time we stayed in an old cabin that was donated to the National Park Service by a woman who passed away named Betty Freed. The cabin was nothing more than a…